The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, has denied receiving the sum of one hundred and eighteen million naira from the Oyo state government, as donation in its fight against COVID-19 in the state.
This was announced by the Public Relations Officer of the UCH, Toye Akinrinlola, through a press statement released today (Wednesday).
The Oyo state government had earlier announced that it had spent over N2.7 billion in its fight against COVID-19 in the state.
While giving a breakdown on how the Covid-19 funds were spent, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinola Ojo, stated that a total of N900.5 million was spent on procurement of COVID-19 palliatives and seedlings; N370.6 million was used to upgrade the Infectious Disease Centre at Olodo; N453.7 million was also spent on securing trucks, security personnel and borders; while N118 million was given as support to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, for COVID-19 tests.
UCH however denied receiving the N118 million from the government as the only donations it had received were from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), well meaning Nigerians, Corporate bodies and other Non-governmental organizations.
In its statement released, it reads in part;
“The attention of the management of the University College Hospital, Ibadan has been drawn to the content of a press release from the Oyo State Government that the sum of N118 million was given to the hospital to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We contacted some officials of Oyo State for clarification on this, but it seems there is a misunderstanding in the difference between the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan and the University College Hospital Ibadan. It, therefore, behoves the Management of the UCH to put the record straight.
“We hereby state emphatically that the University College Hospital, Ibadan did not and has not received any monetary donation from the Oyo State Government.” (Culled from PUNCH).